Leafs' JVR gets better of childhood hero Rangers

James van Riemsdyk celebrates his goal against the Rangers on Monday night in Toronto. (Stan...

James van Riemsdyk celebrates his goal against the Rangers on Monday night in Toronto. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 AM ET

TORONTO - When James van Riemsdyk was a wee lad of six, he played his first youth hockey game at the self-proclaimed World’s Most Famous Arena.

It was a titanic struggle that day between JVR’s American Eagles and the Nassau County Lions. More importantly, the Maple Leafs forward claims the memories of the venue were far more precious than the final score.

“Madison Square Garden will always be a special place for me,” van Riemsdyk said on Monday. “It’s easy for me to get up for games there.”

Van Riemsdyk certainly didn’t need any help “getting up” for Monday night’s contest against the Rangers, a game in which he notched a goal and an assist en route to helping his Leafs defeat the New York Rangers 4-3 at the Air Canada Centre.


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